A lesson for Trump from an old WWII general who saved countless lives: ‘Tell them NUTS!’


The following editorial is written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

WASHINGTON, DC- Since the November 3 election “results,” a number of people had been calling on President Trump to concede that he “lost” to a man who spent the entire campaign holed up in his basement, or in a reasonable facsimile thereof.

He apparently lost to a man who couldn’t draw twenty cars to his “drive-in rallies?” A man who can’t string two coherent sentences together? Yet, we are supposed to believe this man outpolled even the vaunted Barack Obama? Sorry, not buying it. 

As someone who held a comfortable lead in the election until some, shall we say “mysterious” things began to occur, President Trump and his supporters believe there was a lot of “malarkey” (to use an old Joe Biden term) that occurred.

Despite case after case where evidence has been brought forth showing dead people voting, more votes counted than votes cast, engineering with the election system in violation of Article II, Section I, Clause II of the United States Constitution, and all other manner to trying to cheat, still there are those asking…no demanding that President Trump should concede. This includes members of his own party, such as Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NY) and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie.  

After Congress refused to even consider the proposal by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to take some extra time to at least consider the election challenges, Biden has been certified as the apparent winner. However, to all of those demanding he officially concede, he should reply with one simple word…NUTS!

Some of you may recognize the above from a scene in the movie Patton¸ where the Americans and allies were attempting to hold the city of Bastogne in the country of Belgium from German troops during the famed operation known as “Battle of the Bulge.”


The following information was obtained from the United States Army website and details what unfolded with the famous “NUTS” reply at Bastogne. The article was written by Kenneth J. McAulliffe, the nephew of the man who issued the famous reply. 

When four German soldiers approached American lines waving two white flags, they had a proposal for Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAulliffe, who was in charge of Allied troops defending the city. The proposal? The unconditional surrender of the Americans.

The surrender demand message was taken to Division Headquarters, where Acting Chief of Staff Lt. Col. Ned Moore entered McAulliffe’s sleeping quarters. Moore woke McAulliffe and told him, “The Germans have sent some people forward to take our surrender.”

McAuliffe had a one-word reply- “NUTS,” he said.

The surrender demand, as typewritten on two sheets, one in English and one in German:

“December 22, 1944

To the U.S.A. Commander of the encircled town of Bastogne.

The fortune of war is changing. This time the U.S.A. forces in and near Bastogne have been encircled by strong German armored units. More German units have crossed the river Ourthe near Ortheuville, have taken Marche, and reached St. Hubert by passing through the Hompre-Sibret-Tillt. Libramont is in German hands.

There is only one possibility to save the encircled U.S.A. troops from total annihilation; that is the honorable surrender of the encircled town. In order to think it over a term of two hours will be granted beginning with the presentation of this note.

If this proposal should be rejected one German Artillery Corps and six heavy A.A. Battalions are ready to annihilate the U.S.A. troops in and near Bastogne. The order of firing will be given immediately after this two hours’ term.

All the serious civilian losses caused by this artillery fire would not correspond with the wellknown (sp) American humanity.

The German Commander.”

McAulliffe, having been awoken from sleep initially asked, “They want to surrender?” meaning the Germans.

Moore told him, “No sir, they want us to surrender.”

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McAulliffe got up, angry, took the paper and looked at it, then uttered his famous words:

“Us surrender, aw nuts!” and dropped the demand letter on the floor.

Informed that two German officers were at the F Company Command Post awaiting a formal reply to the surrender demand, McAuliffe summoned Col. Bud Harper, the 327th Regimental Commander, to Headquarters.

McAuliffe was not sure at the time what his official response should be to Germany.

“Well, I don’t know what to tell them,” he said thinking aloud.

Lt. Col. Harry Kinnard, Division Operations Officer replied: “What you said initially would be hard to beat.”

“What do you mean,” McAuliffe asked him.

“Sir, you said nuts.” With enthusiastic agreement from all of the staff present, McAuliffe wrote it down on a message pad and said, “Have it typed up.”

On a full sheet of paper, centered in the middle the message from McAuliffe to the German commander read:

“December 22, 1944

To the German Commander,


The American Commander”

McAuliffe then had Harper personally deliver the reply to the Germans. Harper went to the F Company Command Post to deliver McAuliffe’s reply to the Germans. He handed it to Major Wagner of the Panzer Division, who was blindfolded.

Harper said, “The reply consists of a single word, NUTS.”

 German Lt. Hellmuth Henke of the Panzer Lehr Operations section was confused by the reply.

“Is that reply negative or affirmative?” to which Harper replied, “The reply is decidedly not affirmative,” while adding, “If you continue this foolish attack, your losses will be tremendous.”

The Germans were driven back to the command post where they had first approached the Americans and were still confused by the American response.

“You can go to hell” the response was translated as saying.

So, what does the response of Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe have to do with President Trump and the election?

 The Americans at the Battle of the Bulge faced two clear choices. They could surrender and give in, which would have likely lost the war for the Allies. Or they could tell the Germans in essence to go to hell and keep fighting, despite the odds. They did the latter, and the rest is history.

President Trump has two clear choices. “Surrender” and concede a stolen election to a clearly inferior, cognitively declined Joe Biden. Or tell the haters “NUTS” and fight on.

President Trump—channel your inner Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe and fight on until the fight is over. Do not officially concede.

At this point sir, you have nothing to lose.

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